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October 2011

Stay tuned for the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10

The Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10 will be revealed by Jian Ghomeshi on Q on CBC Radio and right here on CBC Books at 10:30 ET on Tuesday, November 1. Which books will make the cut? Find out tomorrow.........

Stay tuned for the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10

The Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10 will be revealed by Jian Ghomeshi on Q on CBC Radio and right here on CBC Books at 10:30 ET on Tuesday, November 1. Which books will make the cut? Find out tomorrow.........

Last call to cast your vote for the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10

UPDATE: The poll is now closed. Thanks to everyone who voted! The The Canada Reads: Top 10 will be revealed on Q and right here on CBC Books at 10:30 ET on Tuesday, November 1. The clock is ticking for......

Get to know the Top 40: Battle scars

War: what is it good for? If nothing else, a great read.  Today we examine the books on the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 list that are about war zones, both historical and contemporary. We've got Farley Mowat's classic war...... Read More »

Get to know the Top 40: Trauma

Today we look at the books on our Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 list that contain stories of some of life's worst moments, stories by authors who suffered through difficulties and traumatic events and lived to — literally — tell the tale. ...... Read More »

Get to know the Top 40: History

Some of Canada's most thrilling and defining stories can be found in our history books.  Today, a look at the books on the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 list that explore some important historical aspects of the people...... Read More »

Get to know the Top 40: Medical memoirs

Sometimes true stories are difficult stories of pain, illness and loss. Today we look at the books on the Canada Reads Top 40 list whose authors have faced an illness or disability (either their own or a family member's) and lived to...... Read More »

Get to know the Top 40: Journeys

Just as travel can infuse excitement into one's regular life, stories about exploring far-off places are an important sub-genre on our Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 list.  Today we look at books that visit India (M. G. Vassanji's A...... Read More »

Get to know the Top 40: Science and Nature

True Stories frequently heed the call of the wild, so our Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 list just wouldn't be complete without a healthy dose of the natural world. John Vaillant does double duty, writing about both a...... Read More »

Get to know the Top 40: Family memoirs

Families: love 'em or hate 'em, they're undeniable fodder for a juicy memoir. Today we look at the books on our list about parents and their children, and children and their parents. There's Wayne Johnston's family legacy in Newfoundland, David...... Read More »

Get to know the Top 40: Cultural Biographies

Were you completely overwhelmed by yesterday's Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 list? Fear not. For the next week, we'll be posting primers about each of the contending titles. Today we tackle the Cultural Biographies. Each of these nominees tells...... Read More »

The Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 revealed!

For the past three weeks, Canadians from coast to coast to coast have been nominating their favourite memoirs, biographies and literary non-fiction reads for Canada Reads: True Stories. The response has been overwhelming! Thousands of entries came from every nook...... Read More »

Stay tuned for the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40

The Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 will be revealed by Jian Ghomeshi on Q on CBC Radio and right here on CBC Books at 10:30 ET on Tuesday, October 18. Which books will make the cut? Find out tomorrow.........

Cast Your Vote: Carol Off's picks

UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them? Recall...... Read More »

Reader recommendation round-up: October 15

Plenty of Canadians across the country got their book recommendations in before our polls closed at midnight last night for Canada Reads: True Stories. Here are some of the highlights: Janet from Toronto, Ontario recommended: Too Close to the Falls by...... Read More »

Great True Stories: Books in translation

UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them? Recall......

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 14

Recommendations have been rolling in from across the country all week for Canada Reads: True Stories. Check out some more of the highlights: Cari from Toronto, Ontario recommended: The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary by Andrew Westoll "It is a powerful...... Read More »

Past Canada Reads players give us their picks

UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! We called on former Canada Reads panelists and authors to play with our new theme and recommend their favourite true story. Here are some of...... Read More »

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 13

The recommendations for Canada Reads: True Stories just don't stop! Check out today's highlights: Georgina from London, Ontario recommended: What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim by Jane Christmas "What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim is the true story of 15...... Read More »

Cast Your Vote: Ronald Wright's picks

UPDATE: This poll are is now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them?...... Read More »

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 12

Recommendations continue to roll in from across the country for Canada Reads: True Stories. Check out more of the highlights: Margaret from Halifax recommended: Paper Shadows by Wayson Choy "Wayson Choy's memoir of growing up in Vancouver's Chinatown is at...... Read More »

Cast Your Vote: Publishing Insiders' Picks

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them?...... Read More »

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 11

Recommendations continue to roll in from across the country for Canada Reads: True Stories. Check out more of the highlights: Jane from Vancouver recommended: What Disturbs Our Blood by James FitzGerald "This is a wonderful book about a man's discovery...... Read More »

Cast Your Vote: John Doyle's picks

UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them?...... Read More »

Cast Your Vote: Witold Rybczynski's picks

UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them? Recall...... Read More »

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 9

Recommendations continue to roll in from across the country for Canada Reads: True Stories. Check out more of the highlights: Liza from Halifax recommended: Welcome to the Departure Lounge by Meg Federico "Highly entertaining and hilarious tale of a...... Read More »

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 8

Recommendations continue to roll in from across the country for Canada Reads: True Stories. Check out more of the highlights: Richard from London, Ontario, recommended: Frontier Justice by Andy Lamey "This is a vital contribution to the debate about...... Read More »

Stephen Lewis's Canada Reads: True Stories pick

There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them? Recall the non-fiction classics? Unearth the much-loved but overlooked small press memoir? It's a difficult task. Which......

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 7

Recommendations continue to roll in from across the country for Canada Reads: True Stories. Check out more of the highlights: David from Vancouver recommended: Lake of the Prairies by Warren Cariou "A beautiful memoir of growing up in the...... Read More »

Great True Stories: The Charles Taylor Prize finalists

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! The Charles Taylor Prize, inaugurated in 2000, honours the best in Canadian literary non-fiction. Originally awarded every two years, this prestigious honour became...... Read More »

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 6

Recommendations continue to roll in from across the country for Canada Reads: True Stories. Check out more of the highlights: Ann from Powell River, British Columbia, recommended: The Curve of Time by M. Wylie Blanchett "A woman with five...... Read More »

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 5

Recommendations continue to roll in from across the country for Canada Reads: True Stories.  Check out more of the highlights: Paulina from Waterloo, Ontario, recommended: The Boy in the Moon by Ian Brown "Ian Brown describes life with his...... Read More »

Cast Your Vote: Bookstores' True Stories picks

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them?...... Read More »

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 4

Recommendations continue to roll in from across the country for Canada Reads: True Stories.  Check out more of the highlights: Matthew from Toronto recommended: Dispatches from the Sporting Life by Mordecai Richler "While Mr. Richler's nominations for Canada Reads...... Read More »

Cast Your Vote: Elizabeth May's picks

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them?...... Read More »

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 3

Recommendations are rolling in for Canada Reads: True Stories.  Check out these highlights: Barry from Ottawa recommended: Gold Diggers by Charlotte Gray The story of place in Canada is often told through biography, but rarely through multiple biography. Often, the...... Read More »

Cast Your Vote: Dr. Brian Goldman's picks

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them? Recall...... Read More »

Reader Recommendation Round-Up: October 2

Recommendations are rolling in for Canada Reads: True Stories. Thanks to everyone who has submitted a title so far. Check out these highlights: Elizabeth from Vancouver recommended: The Tiger by John Vaillant Such impressive research about a fascinating topic, and...... Read More »

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 1

Recommendations are rolling in for Canada Reads: True Stories. Thanks to everyone who has submitted a title so far.Check out these highlights: Liz in Peterborough, Ontario, recommends: On a Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock by Dave...... Read More »

Cast Your Vote: The B.C. National Award finalists

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! In 2005, the British Columbia Achievement Foundation launched a new award, British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, to celebrate the best in...... Read More »
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